Overwatch League News

Nerf This!: Interviewing Hyo-bin “Choihyobin” Choi of the San Francisco Shock

There was a time, long ago, when D.Va was unstoppable. She was overpowered, nigh unkillable, and was the favorite go-to flex tank for tank mains like myself. She was an almost universal pick in both quick play and competitive matches. As they say though, all good things come to an end, as she was nerfed a bit over the next couple of patches.

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The Shy Guy of Overwatch: Gyeong-mu “Yakpung” Jo

No one can really know what it’s like to be on the Overwatch stage unless they’ve been there. Like any other performance that is watched by so many people around the world, the pressure is on to ultimately make sure you don’t make a fool of yourself on a live broadcast, despite whether you suffer from stage fright or not. While some people can be charming on camera, some people have no interest in it at all. At the end of the day, it’s still a human being living and breathing right on your screen and it can be difficult for a lot of people to remember that.

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True Defiance: Talking with Seung-hyun “Ivy” Lee and Joo-seong “Roky” Park

The Toronto Defiant have truly lived up to their name, finishing as the third seed in stage one and trouncing opponents that were otherwise seen as real threats. The true dark horse team of the league, having been built from a few unknowns along with seasoned players, no one was willing to predict how well they were going to do. Speculation turned into reality, and now heading into stage two Toronto continues in hopes of surprising everyone. Read more …

Hammer Down: An Interview with Matthew “super” DeLisi

It seems that people forget that there are three California-based teams in Overwatch League.

I get it, the Valiant and the Gladiators are pretty fly, but there is a team that has been climbing the ranks, doing Northern California proud–the San Francisco Shock. It certainly helps that the team has great chemistry, great leadership, and solid tank play, especially from main tank player Matthew “super” DeLisi. Read more …

Just Play the Game: An Interview with Benjamin “BigGoose” Isohanni of the Los Angeles Gladiators

I actually cheered when the Gladiators won.

Yes, I did. Not only because it was the first win a Los Angeles team attained, but because I have good friends who are also Gladiators fans who shared a similar pain us Valiant fans did up until that point. So I was obviously curious, despite shaking off the rust that most teams had to have done from the off-season, as to what actually happened to finally make the Los Angeles Gladiators contenders once again and not be a part of the semi-finals slump squad that includes the inconsistent London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion along with the currently winless Los Angeles Valiant. Read more …

Temple of Anubis Video Analysis – Stage One Finals

Stage One’s Final was easily the best Overwatch action of 2019 so far. Vancouver remain undefeated after the dust settled, but the San Francisco Shock pushed them to their absolute breaking point. If you’ve ever wondered how Overwatch League action plays out at the per-play and individual movement level, you’ll enjoy our video review of one of the better maps in the series.

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Minority Report: My Survival Meta

Like many other creatives, I channel my emotions into my work.

As we are a quarter of the way through the second season of the Overwatch League, I find myself in my feelings quite often. It has been a rollercoaster for me, full of ups and downs, and while I don’t talk about my personal life often on social media (because it is the devil and I hate it), I do enjoy talking about my characters. So as I enter my one-year anniversary of  participation within Overwatch League, as both a fan and journalist, I wanted to share with you all why as a black female cosplayer, each and every one of my costumes I have made holds significance for me, and how they have affected how I viewed the league, esports in general, and my ability for survival in this atmosphere. Read more …

OWL Stage One Playoffs: Vancouver Titans Take the Win

Vancouver Titans 4-3 San Francisco Shock

This weekend saw the culmination of the first stage of Overwatch League’s second season. Eight teams entered after finishing atop the standings during Stage One, but only one could be crowned winner and walk away with the lion’s share of the $500,000 on the line ($200,000 for 1st place). Every analyst saw this coming down to an inevitable Titans v Excelsior finish…they got that half right, as the Titans were there, but joined by the San Francisco Shock. Read more …

Somewhere That’s Green — Meet Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse of the Boston Uprising

It’s sometimes hard to remember at my age and with all the insanity I’ve been through in what is relatively a short period of time, that there are people out there who truly enjoy what they do and who truly live in the moment. Even my cold, bitter, whiskey-dipped heart can’t help but feel inspired by those who come to Los Angeles with a goal in mind and not only reaching that goal, but also able to share that joy with others. Read more …

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